• Drive Texas Hill Country to see Beutiful Landscape

    Drive Texas Hill Country to see Beutiful Landscape

  • The Beautiful Churches in Texas Hill Country

    The Beautiful Churches in Texas Hill Country

  • Vineyard in Texas Hill Country

    Vineyard in Texas Hill Country

Texas is so large and varied in its culture, it could be a country in its own right. With so much to see and do, it can be hard to decide just which part of the state to discover first.

For a road trip with more of a ‘grown-up’ feel, Texas Hill Country is the ideal place for you. It takes up a huge area, in the Edwards Plateau, based at West, Central and South Texas crossroads.

Texas Hill Country isn’t all countryside, though. Cities like San Antonio and Austin, as well as Travis County also make up a lot of the landscape.

Stop off at vineyards, and sample the region’s world-renowned wine (but just the passengers, we’re afraid), hidden in the gorgeous, looming hills. Remember, everything is bigger in Texas!

Texas Hill Country: German and Spanish Heritage

This part of Texas was built on the migration of German and Spanish people, and the residents of Texas Hill Country are still very proud of their heritage. Many areas still actually speak German, such as New Braunfels, which is home to the German bakery, Naegelin’s, one of Texas’ oldest bakeries. Don’t forget to stop by for some tasty treats.

It’s not just German heritage that has influenced this part of Texas. Unsurprisingly, Latin culture is hugely important, as the state shares a border with Mexico. There are plenty of historical churches you can visit in this area. Take a trip to the many Historic Painted Churches, in the Austin area. The churches are designed in the style of Czech and German architecture and their unique outer structure and spectacular exterior will wow any visitor. A must see is St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill, known for its stunning ceiling design.

Drive Through Texas Nature

Short Drive: Willow City Loop

Located near Fredericksburg: Go north on State Route 16 for 13 miles to Willow City. Then, take Ranch Road 1323 east for three miles. Willow City Loop will be on the left.

Willow City Loop is only 13 miles, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be short-changed on the beautiful landscape. You’ll still drive through the hills and valleys that made this area famous. Visit in spring to see the meadows bursting with colour when the flowers are in full bloom.

Long Drive: Western Kerr, Bandera and Real County

This drive is about four and a half hours, but it more than makes up for its longevity with its surroundings. This is a true Texan drive, with cacti and huge, sprawling landscapes surrounding the roads. The drive will take you through Austin and San Antonio, so plenty of places to stop off.

Wineries to Visit in Texas Hill Country

One of the most popular things to do in Texas Hill Country is to visit the wineries. Texas Hill Country is the state’s home of wine, and with plenty of wineries to visit, you’ll soon learn why.

Old Man Scary Cellars
302 E Wallace Street, San Saba, TX 76877
70 miles from Fredericksburg
106 miles from Austin

Start your journey at this family run winery, located in the north of the region, in the heart of San Saba. If you’re travelling from Austin, expect an hour and 40-minute drive, and an hour’s drive from Fredericksburg. You can sample their heavenly wine in the stylish exposed-brick and chandelier decorated cellars.

Fiesta Winery
147 East Main Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
78 miles from Austin
70 miles from San Saba

Where there’s good wine, there’s a good fiesta! Nestled within the steep hills and rivers of Cals Crossing, an hour and a half’s drive from Austin, and just over an hour from San Saba, this vineyard produces some of the best wine in Texas. Take a trip to one of the tasting rooms, so you can sample all their wine before you choose your favourite!

Texas Hills Vineyard
878 Ranch Road 2766, Johnson City, TX 78636
32 miles from Fredericksburg
46 miles from Austin
79 miles from San Saba

Stunning views and delicious wine – what’s more to want in Texas Hill Country? At this vineyard, they use Italian techniques when they produce their wines. The drive is about half an hour from Fredericksburg, under an hour from Austin and just over an hour from San Saba. So, if you’re a fan of wine from Italy, this is an ideal spot to visit.

Remember: Designated drivers cannot sample wine, but when surrounded by the legendary landscape of Texas Hills Country, you won’t mind at all!

When you visit Texas, you’re getting a lot more than just cowboys and BBQ! Which wine will you try first?